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US troop drawdown to continue: Obama

US troop drawdown to continue: Obama

May 13, 2013 - 22:35

WASHINGTON (PANinfo-icon): US President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday reviewed progress in Afghanistaninfo-icon, expressing satisfaction with the pace of security transition.

“We reviewed progress in Afghanistan, where our troops continue to serve with extraordinary courage alongside each other,” Obama told reporters at a joint news conference with Cameroon at the White House.               

Obama commended Cameron’s efforts to encourage greater dialogue between Afghanistan and Pakistaninfo-icon. The US president called the dialogue process critical to regional security.

“As planned, Afghan forces will take the lead for security across the country soon, this spring. US, British and coalition forces will move into a support role,” he added.

US troops would continue to come home, and the war would end by the close of next year, even as they worked with Afghan partners to make sure that Afghanistan never again became a safe haven for terrorists, Obama explained.

For his part, Cameron said the British and US forces were working to make Afghanistan a safer place. “In Afghanistan, our armed forces are together defending the stability that will make us all safer,” he remarked.



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